Liberia Hosts Ivory Coast
By Leroy M. Sonpon, III
The national football team, dubbed the Lone Star, is expected to host the Elephant of Cote D'Ivoire on Friday, the 13th of November at the ATS, in the first leg of the second and last playoff of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has lately confirmed.
The Acting Secretary General of LFA, Emmanuel Deah told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday via mobile phone, that FIFA has formally sanctioned the 13th and the 16th of November, respectively for the two-tie.
The Acting Chief scribe said Liberia would play host to the Elephants on Friday the 13th and honor her return leg on the 16th in Abidjan.
The change in date has marked the third since the progression of the national team against Guinea Bissau on a 4-2 aggregate.
Earlier, it was the 9th and 14th, then the 14th and 16 and lastly, the 13th and 16th.
Ivory Coast has appeared thrice in FIFA World Cup and sits 21 in the FIFA Coca Cola ranking while Liberia has never appeared in the World Cup and is 95 in the FIFA ranking.
The Elephant has whipped the Lone Star in seven matches and was forced to a draw in four.
Liberia bowed to Ivory Coast in the four home games, drew four away and also lost three away.
Until 2005, Ivory Coast's greatest accomplishment was winning the 1992 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal.
Their second success came in the 2015 edition, again beating Ghana on penalties at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.
For Liberia, her best achievement was merely qualifying for the African Cup of Nations in 1996 and 2001 respectfully but never advanced beyond the group stage.